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Fathers, Sons and Other Catastrophes

Posted in family with tags , , , , , , , , , on 06/12/2011 by mujo

I had a hard time telling my family, especially my father, that all I wanted to do in life was write. It might have been easier to tell him that I enjoyed slunking octagenarians in the toilets behind the local McDonald’s.

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Story 3 : To story or not to story.

Posted in writing with tags , , , , , , , on 26/07/2011 by mujo

I don’t believe in right and wrong – at least not in creative endeavour. A much more useful concept is cause and effect.

Let me illustrate.

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Story 2 : Why the hell is it?

Posted in writing with tags , , , , , , , on 20/06/2011 by mujo

We are hard wired story telling machines.

We’d like to change this – but we can’t.

Experiment with this one: next time someone asks you how your day was, tell them EVERY detail. Every movement, every posture, every thought, EVERY SINGLE THING. Continue reading

Story 1 : What the hell is it?

Posted in writing with tags , , , , on 06/06/2011 by mujo

So much has been written on the subject of story, and it seems so little actually said. The simplest definition is also the most profound. Though going on to explain this definition could fill volumes.

So … what is it?

Story = beginning + middle + end.

Full stop.

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Reading versus Writing 2

Posted in writing with tags , , , on 09/05/2011 by mujo

Reading is both an awful pitfall and a wonderful asset for the writer. And I’m not talking here about research, or reading the dailies every morning. I’m talking about the creative fiction you read and how it relates to your writing of it.

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Reading versus Writing 1

Posted in writing with tags , , , , , on 08/05/2011 by mujo

No topic could be more contoversial for the writer – especially for the newbie looking for a hand up. And every man and his dog has something to say on the matter, a good deal of which is erroneous and conflicting. Though some of it, admittedly, is outright idiotic.

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